What Could Go Wrong If I Try to Handle My Own Car Accident Claim?
One of the most important things to remember about car accidents is that not everything is what it seems at first glance. There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to determine fault and the entirety of your potential damages.
Already burdened by ongoing medical expenses and lost wages, some car accident victims think they are not financially able to retain a lawyer and choose to handle their own claims. We are here to tell you that doing so could jeopardize your recovery in more ways than one.
Below, we discuss three things that often go awry when car accident victims fail to enlist the help of a skilled car accident attorney and how our firm can assist you, no matter what your financial circumstances may be.
You Give a Statement That Jeopardizes Your Claim.
An adjuster from the at-fault driver’s insurance company will waste no time in contacting you after an accident. They do this in order to catch you in a vulnerable state where you are may say things that you aren’t necessarily certain of. For instance, you may accidentally insinuate you were partially responsible when the facts of the case show that the other driver was really at fault.
It’s always recommended that you speak with an attorney before speaking with the insurance company investigating your claim. This way, you can be advised on what to say and what to avoid saying to ensure that liability is thoroughly investigated.
You Underestimate Your Injuries.
The extent of your injuries is not always immediately apparent after an accident. In fact, some symptoms may not even manifest for days or weeks following the incident. Underestimating your injuries can cause you to skip an important step: seeking medical treatment and getting a proper diagnosis.
Without guidance from an attorney, you may simply think it’s not worth it to get medical attention and file a claim until it’s too late. If you wait an extended period of time to file a claim and begin gathering evidence, the insurance company may question how you actually were injured and may use it as a reason to deny your claim.
You Settle For Less Than What You Deserve.
By yourself, it can be hard to understand how much your claim is worth because there are many factors involved. You may think you should just accept a settlement because it covers your current medical bills and time spent off work, but what about your future expenses?
If your medical records indicate, for instance, that your doctor recommends future surgery, you need to account for these expenses as well. Otherwise, you will be stuck with out-of-pocket costs once the settlement money runs out later on. An experienced car accident attorney can review the specifics of your case to ensure you do not accept a lowball settlement offer.
Get Risk-Free Legal Representation
If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident, please know that we are here to help you in any way we can. At The Chopin Law Firm, our New Orleans accident attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of those injured across Louisiana by guiding them through the claims process from start to finish.
We work with each client on a contingency fee basis, meaning that our clients pay absolutely no out-of-pocket fees to retain our services. Our firm only collects fees in and when we help you win compensation.
Get risk-free, qualified legal representation in your corner today by calling (504) 475-2429!